Jersey Town stalked just off the early speed Shackleford, rolled up alongside the leader on the far turn and rolled to the lead under jockey Javier Castellano to win the Kelso Handicap on Super Saturday at Belmont Park. Shackleford set a quick pace through the opening half mile (22.54 and 45.02) and looked to be running within himself as he rounded the far turn. But when he was challenged by Jersey Town at the top of the stretch, he had nothing left in the tank and was resigned to finish second. Trickmeister rounded out the trifecta while Tapizar finished fourth.
Race favorite To Honor and Serve broke dead-last from the gate and was never a factor at any point.
With his win in the Kelso, Jersey Town has won his way into the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (assuming he's Breeders' Cup eligible).
Jersey Town is a six-year-old son of Speightstown out of a Belmont to Me mare (Jersey Girl), trained by Barclay Tagg, ridden by Javier Castellano and owned/bred by Charles Fipke.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits for the Kelso Handicap.
WIN: 3-Jersey Town ($18.00, $6.80, $5.90)
PLACE: 6-Shackleford ($4.00, $3.80)
SHOW: 9-Trickmeister ($5.70)
$1.00 EXACTA: (3/6) $30.00
$1.00 TRIFECTA: (3/6/9) $142.00
$0.10 SUPERFECTA: (3/6/9/5) $32.25
$1.00 DAILY DOUBLE: (3/3) $17.50
$1.00 PICK 3: (15/3/3) $47.50, 3-of-3